Anniversary: The Battle of Cannae

Posted Posted in Carthage, History, Rome

August 2nd is the anniversary of the Battle of Cannae, Hannibal’s greatest victory against ancient Rome. It’s one of a handful of ancient battles that still gets frequently mentioned outside military history books. The clash took place on the wide coastal plain near the modern town of Barletta (known for its symetrical Swabian Castle and the […]

Visiting the New Rome

Posted Posted in Rome

I was recently in Las Vegas where I called in on a modern reincarnation of Hannibal’s old enemy.  As you probably know, Caesars Palace is one of those incredible hotel and casino complexes along the city’s ‘Strip’, this particular one attempts to recreate the grandeur of ancient Rome with statues, temples, a forum and plenty of […]

The Bodyguard

Posted Posted in Carthage, Cycling, Filming, Hannibal, Rome

On a long trip like this interpersonal relationships become very important and are often the cause of the most interesting bits of the journey. I imagine it might make a pretty good documentary following a crew making a documentary? A bit like the new show we are thinking of pitching to the BBC: “Entertainment Tonight […]

Cuirassnapper Heads

Posted Posted in Cycling, Filming, History, Rome

Our journey with the film crew continued to Lake Trasimene, where as described in a previous blog, Hannibal won a major battle against the Romans….. For us it was much less dramatic – a dodgy highway hotel in Touro where we hung out our wet shoes and clothes soaked from our journey into the swamps […]

Love in Italy

Posted Posted in Cycling, Rome

A few years ago we were riding in Germany and learnt the Imperial point. A large group of cyclists was coming towards us and as they got closer we realised they were a huge professional cycling team. The leading cyclist sat up in his saddle and slowly and arrogantly pointed towards our side of the […]